Corinne BotzMelanie from the series Parameters, 2006, C-print, 30” x 40”
In the mode of a forensic psychiatrist or anthropologist on a home-visit, I photographed the interior arrangements and safety objects that agoraphobic individuals accumulated as a means of coping with their anxieties. Agoraphobics retreat inside their homes because it is a space they can control. The home was repeatedly described to me as both a haven and a prison. Known as the “housewives disease,” it is estimated that 80 to 85 percent of agoraphobics are women, connecting this condition to situational disadvantages. Although the figure is absent from these images, the overdetermined objects are surrogates for the individuals and serve as a form of portraiture.